This warning really applies to any Australian beach.
Each year people (particularily tourists) drown in unpatrolled areas.
Please swim only on beaches patrolled by lifeguards, and swim only between the flags.
The lifeguards check conditions each morning and will only place flags in safe areas.
Rips can be quite strong, and can be very difficult to swim against even if you are a strong swimmer. Even between the flags you can drift down the beach. So keep a constant eye out for where you are in relation to the flags. If you are caught in a rip, don't try to swim straight across it, try to swim diagonally. Stay calm, and if you are really in trouble raise one arm and yell so a lifeguard or fellow swimmer can see that you are in trouble.
Try to stay where you can touch the ground, even when the waves comes over you.
Warning--Wollongong is full of theft. In my 10 month stay there, 3 of my friends' rented homes were broken into and cleared out... My boyfriend and I had 4 bikes stollen between the two of us...two were stollen while locked up near the train station...and the next two we bought (one was worth 2300!!) were taken out of our locked, attached garage !!! If you have a bike, bring it inside with you.
If you've never driven in and around Wollongong and the South Coast before, be careful. Know the road rules, and pay particular attention to the speed limits where you choose to drive.
We have a zillion speed cameras, and red light cameras. They are everywhere, and where they are not, the boys in blue are sure to be...
I feel our speed and red light camera situation is worse than what it is in Sydney. Slow down and take care, you'll have no problem!
Like anywhere in the world, its important to take care!!!
Its better to be cautious than sorry.
Dont walk around late at night on your own, be careful carrying around large sums of money, be careful when using ATM's and your credit card.
Again, I could go on and on but really its just all common sence.
The 'fire season' in Australia goes through our summer, November through February. The worst fires are generally around Christmas and New Year.
If you are in the bush, camping or hiking for example, during this period, be aware of the possible danger. Almost all areas have signs indicating the level of danger. If the danger is high, a total fire ban may be declared. That means it is illegal to have any naked flames outdoors. Not only is it illegal, it is irresponsible and dangerous to the point of being life-threatening to a large number of people. You must obey the ban if one is declared for the area you are in.
There is a bit of a heroin problem down in Wollongong. You can spot these addict twerps a mile away, they are scratching there balls and they are usually doing there best to act like American teenagers with a Michigan hat on backwards and the like. Me and my girl were followed home by a band of them one night after the bars let out, but I think they are just too lazy to actually attempt a jumping.
If you are a smoker, it is more than just anti-social to throw away your cigarette butt...in the summer you could start a fire that kills wildlife, destroys property and endangers people. Don't do it at any time...but most of all, not in the fire season.
If the firefighters or police order an evacuation of the area you're in, you must obey the order. Evacuations are only ordered in potentially life-threatening situations and your life will be endangered if you ignore the order
Many people drown in the southern beaches,more recently 2 Japanese tourists drowned in Cronulla beach (30km north of Wollongong),also a young man drowned in Garie Beach (Royal National Park).Always try swimming at a patrolled beach,and SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS!For your sakes and the lifeguards....Please look after yourselves!